Steamboat is possibly the greatest ultimate underdog babyface ever, making Rey Mysterio in WWE look like b-rate and John Cena f-rate. His selling was fantastic because he was so convincing in everything he did.
He sold everything like it was real, which is what selling is all about, making it look real. It’s not rocket science on paper; it’s much harder than it looks, but Steamboat made it look so natural.
Steamboat wasn’t a great talker or charismatic wrestler, but what got him over was how amazingly sympathetic he came across the fans. No matter what match you watched, you always thought Steamboat was finished, but he’d rally back and the crowds would go ape crazy.
Steamboat’s other forte in his selling was his hope-spots. His timing for his hope-spots were perfectly placed, where he would tell a story to the audience, saying nonverbally, I might be losing the match thus far, but I am not completely out yet.